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Remembering the Fallen on Memorial Day – And Recommitting Ourselves to the Cause

Hear Sam Elliott’s inspiring tribute to WWII D-Day combat medic SGT Ray Lambert from the 2019 National Memorial Day Concert.

Sgt Lambert was in attendance at the concert. His words were spoken by Sam Elliot (a brother veteran), giving respect for the many soldiers lost on Omaha Beach that day, as well as those who survived.


Sam Elliott pays tribute to SGT Ray Lambert on the 2019 National Memorial Day Concert

Hear Sam Elliott's inspiring tribute to SGT Ray Lambert from the 2019 National Memorial Day Concert. #MemDayPBS

Posted by National Memorial Day Concert (PBS) on Sunday, May 26, 2019


Memorial Day message from Stewart Rhodes, Founder of Oath Keepers:

Please watch that video, and hear the words of Sgt Lambert, spoken by Sam Elliot, before reading further.

Watching that video helps to give us a must-needed attitude adjustment and perspective adjustment on Memorial Day.   As Sgt Lambert said, all of the men who did not make it off of that beach never had a chance to live their lives, get married, have children, etc.   And the same can be said for all of our war dead, in every battle, in every war, throughout the history of this nation.   Young men who died in the flower of youth, who gave up their lives.   Whatever we are going through, however “tough” we think we have it, is nothing compared to what they went through and what they gave up.   Kinda makes your troubles seem petty, don’t it?   I sure hope so.

Memorial Day needs to be a day of remembrance, of honor.

And then a time to realize how damn good we really have it, how lucky we really are, to be alive, well, and living in what is still the most prosperous and free nation on earth.   Too often, we lose perspective on how good we still have it, despite all the problems, all the in-fighting and bickering among what is really a spoiled nation, full of spoiled people (not just one, but multiple “me” generations).  We have it damn good, even if we don’t realize it.

Doesn’t mean we don’t have problems that need to be fixed.   We have a boatload.   But the headaches, heartaches, and work of fixing them is nothing compared to what was done in the past – what was endured in the past- by those who came before us.

Let’s honor the fallen, and then re-commit ourselves to preserving the nation they served, and the Constitution they swore an oath to support and defend.  Say a toast to them, and then make a promise to them to not let their sacrifice be in vain.

Let us remember our duty. First, take a look in the mirror and remind yourself that you too will die. None of us gets out of here alive. Our lives are short, and our days are numbered.  What matters is that we leave this nation in better shape – as a free nation – for our children and grandchildren.   That’s all that really matters.  Then remember the oath you swore -that same oath as the fallen – to support and defend the Constitution that established what is still the best form of government created by flawed men.  Despite all of its flaws, it is still worth defending.  It is worth fighting for.  It is worth dying for, if that’s what it takes.

And then commit to taking the words in that Constitution  – all of it – seriously.  Each word, each clause, was put there for a reason.   Read it, start to finish, including all the amendments.   How can you defend it if you don’t know it?

When you get to the Second Amendment, take the time to reflect on its admonition and COMMAND that “a well regulated militia, being necessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” and take another look in the mirror and ask yourself why you aren’t part of a real-deal, no bullshit militia unit in your town and county, made up of all of the able-bodied men of your community. Why are you not now formed into what the founders understood was NECESSARY for the security of a free state?

You do realize that owning guns as an individual is NOT the same thing as being that well regulated militia, right?   And you do realize that it is not enough for you and a few buddies to be “preppers” and “have plans” for when the crap hits the fan, right?   That’s NOT the same thing.   A true militia is made up of EVERY able-bodied man in the town, or in the county, period.  All formed into an official town or county unit.  Anything less will not get the job done when it comes to providing effective security for a free state as we have seen over and over again, even in just our disaster relief work – the “professional” government run law enforcement and disaster relief systems are ALWAYS overrun and overwhelmed.    It takes the community at large to provide sufficient man-power to really get the job done.   And that’s just normal disaster relief.  That’s not even taking into account far worse scenarios, either man-made or natural.

A true revitalization of the militia system in this nation, so that every able-bodied man (and perhaps also women too – or at least the ones who want to, in modern America) is trained and organized into an official local militia, must be our number one goal, our “North Star” in all we do.   Nothing else comes close to being a game changer in the preservation of our liberty and our safety.  And nothing less will preserve the nation that all our fallen served.  As the Founders said, it is necessary to the security of a free state.   We must rebuild it, and serve in it.   We are fooling ourselves if we think we can do without it, without losing this nation.   There’s no such thing as a free lunch, and no such thing as a free, and secure America without a militia system that we all serve in.

Please don’t try to make excuses for why it hasn’t been done, up to now, in modern America.   You do remember the effective range of an excuse, right?   I thought so.

Let’s find a way, and get after it, till it is done.  At least done in your own town, in your own county, in your own state.   Guess who is responsible for doing that?   Take another look in the mirror.

The torch has been passed to you.   Keep it lit, make it stronger, re-commit yourself to doing what must be done, and pass it on.

For the Republic,

Stewart Rhodes

Founder of Oath Keepers





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